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August 17, 2014

Why do new notaries go to “sites” to get answers to questions?

I have been reading some of the various sites lately like Linkedin, etc and it just amazes me how many new notaries go to these sites to ask other folks notary questions from people that may or may not be in their state, or my not even be seasoned enough to give an acurate answer. Why not try reading your notary handbook or calling your Secretary of State. After all they are in most cases the folks that issue the commissions and make the rules that you need to follow.

Then there are questions about what to ‘look for’ in a trust signing, POA, etc. People remember you are there not to interpret or read documents. You are there to verify signature and identity. And the following will apply: The person must have current government issued identification Make sure there is no duress or influences from others for a person to sign. They must not be on any mind altering medication, and there should be no blank spaces. And naturally, they should have ability to pay you if you are charging a fee. Remember, don’t analyze just notarize. We notarize signatures on documents not the documents themselves.

People remember, in most cases the best place to get your questions answered is from the source….the people that hired you!

Until next time, be safe ~Carmen

Tweets:
(1) Don’t analyze: Notarize; We notarize signatures, not the documents themselves!
(2) Don’t visit private agency websites for answers to notary questions. Go to your Secretary of State!

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  1. In Louisiana we have a completely different kettle of fish because we DO prepare documents. At the local notary shop talk last night several of us had a discussion with an attorney who had come to give a talk on servitudes. We argued up one side and down the other about our liability for the content of documents we don’t prepare. The general consensus was to be safe that on any document we didn’t draft and all we’re asked to do is attest to the signature is to add to the document “the undersigned notary did not draft this document and is attesting to signatures only”; however, it the general feeling is while this is a CYA you better have a high dollar E&O because you’ll still be held liable for the document’s content.

    Comment by Edward Cooke — August 22, 2014 @ 6:53 pm

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